This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Going places.

         Where exactly have I been lately?  Nowhere I can think of which means there is nothing but local riding around to do with the onset of fall.  Weather has been intoxicating and I have been out enjoying it rather than sitting around in my pajamas writing about it.  Despite the extended warm weather the spandex hamsters are planning their winter time "training" in front of the TV.  I suppose that Strava provides some vicarious competition for the change of seasons.  
            In the meantime, this was provided about Olso's intention to eliminate cars.  It created a little flame up with a bike club local who let his true colors fly.  It seems the traditional arguments against riding a bike are his fall back; no cars=no business, what about cold?  Snow? Dressing properly?  No way.  Really, without cars, how could anybody get somewhere to ride their bikes?   It's all so confusing.  On the other hand, Oslo is not the only place trying to eradicate the auto.  Indianapolis seems to be having an impressive run at it.  In this city eliminating on street parking for cars would be helpful.  It would reduce congestion, fill up the parking garages which are only 40-60% utilized, provide more room to share the road safely and incentive to ride or walk rather than drive. 
 Some people believe.
I'm seeing indications at the grocery store.  This is the first spotting of one totally geared LHT at the bike rack.  Everything from 4 panniers, a frame bag, what looks like VO crazy bars 
and a BM Luxos headlight which looks to be pregnant with twins of
the little pipsqueek on my bikes.
Then there was this shiny tasteful vintage Cannondale with matching Brooks Saddle and tape.
It looks like a nice ride with clean looking fillet brazed joints.
It's the kind of thing you should expect at Earth Fare one of out great new institutionalized hippie food chains.  I'm guessing it belongs to the clerk who wears a kilt and nose ring, but I could be wrong.  It looks like something I would ride, maybe I should get a nose ring, maybe a man-bun.
Well, it's encouraging to see people going places rather than riding back to their cars.


  1. Nice pictures. I don't think those are crazy bars. I've seen those somewhere before, but can't quite place them. They look a little like the Jones handlebars without the full loop.

    They look really interesting, and I'm thinking about swapping out the drop bars on my Bianchi for something that gives me a better "heads up" in traffic position. I'm going to have to do a targeted search to figure out what those are!

    1. You might take a look at the Bosco Bars (one of my most popular posts). I've been more than pleased with them. They provide a greater range of body positions than anything I have seen.

    2. I've thought about the Bosco Bars too. In fact, I think that post is what first brought me to your blog. Eventually, I'll get around to trying out one of these ideas. In the meantime, the drops aren't awful. I'll be as happy to be rid of the brifters as I will to drop the drops.